KPB’S Nash fights on, but funds gone

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful has had its sole source of fund­ing with­drawn but the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chair­man is vow­ing to fight on.

Hay­den Nash spoke to Porirua City Coun­cil’s com­mit­tee last week, out­lin­ing its his­tory and projects, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the re­cent months. Since tak­ing over in July, he has been at odds with fel­low com­mit­tee mem­bers over the fu­ture di­rec­tion of KPB, which car­ries out beau­ti­fi­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties with vol­un­teers around the city.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sole paid em­ployee, co- or­di­na­tor John Pop­ple­ton, was sacked in July, locks were changed and meet­ings erupted into shout­ing matches.

Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful na­tional chair­woman Iris Donoghue was at a com­mit­tee meet­ing in Septem­ber and said the sit­u­a­tion was un­ten­able be­cause of the ‘‘ con­flict’’ she wit­nessed.

At a coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ing on Novem­ber 22, Mr Nash said KPB needed good gov­er­nance. An­nual re­ports had been ‘‘copied’’ each year and the most re­cent was is­sued more than 270 days late. Among other prob­lems, was ex­pen­di­ture not be­ing prop­erly doc­u­mented.

‘‘A myr­iad of is­sues have come to light since the co-or­di­na­tor was dis­missed but we [Mr Nash and fel­low com­mit­tee mem­ber Sharli-Jo Solomon] have cre­ated a new trust to take us for­ward. We are still look­ing to do main­te­nance along State High­way 1, the clean-ups and other ac­tiv­i­ties, and con­tinue our re­la­tion­ship with the coun­cil.

‘‘We are chomp­ing at the bit to get go­ing again but we’re un­able to do this with­out cer­tainty around our fund­ing.’’

The coun­cil unan­i­mously agreed to with­draw its an­nual fund­ing of $ 40,000 to the agency. A report to coun­cil­lors out­lined con­cerns with the ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems’’ and ‘‘ frag- men­ta­tion’’ that ex­isted within KPB. It rec­om­mended the re­main­ing fund­ing be di­rected to­wards KPB’s na­tional body, who would, in turn, al­lo­cate the money to Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers NZ (CVNZ).

Mayor Nick Leggett said he un­der­stood Mr Nash’s dis­ap­point­ment, but the coun­cil had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to ratepay­ers.

‘‘Things have be­come fraught but there is a way for coun­cil to se­cure the right out­comes in this area. Giv­ing the fund­ing to Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful is the only ac­tion we can take. The new trust will take time to bed it­self in so I’m in favour of this step.’’

Ms Donoghue told coun­cil­lors CVNZ, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which de­liv­ers con­ser­va­tion pro­grammes, would be em­ploy­ing a co-or­di­na­tor to take charge of lo­cal clean-up ac­tiv­i­ties.

She be­lieved, in time, Mr Nash and KPB would take over the man­tle again.

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